History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest moments. To help us better understand where we’ve come from. To make it Unobscured. Each season pairs narrative storytelling from Aaron Mahnke, creator of the hit podcast Lore, with prominent historian interviews. Season Three: Jack the Ripper
INTERVIEW: Louise Raw
Our interview with Dr. Louise Raw, whose book, "Striking a Light," became a new landmark in British labor history. We explore her journey into historical writing, the process of discovering the matchwomen, and hear the stories that brought them to life for Dr. Raw and for all of us as well.
11 | INTERVIEW 1: Adam Wood
Our interview with Adam Wood, publisher of Mango Books and executive editor of "Ripperologist Magazine." His book, "Donald Swanson: The Life and Times of a Victorian Detective," gave us a dramatic and on-the-ground perspective. Our conversation explores how it came to be and what the life of Donald Swanson offers to readers today.
Cases were closed and the files were sealed. Investigators went back to careers scattered across the British empire. It would be decades before their conclusions would shed light on London's dark Autumn of Terror. It would be almost one hundred years before what they knew offered answers.
Making a Killing
Turmoil swept England, from Whitechapel's mean streets to the halls of power. Public servants savaged each other in person and in the press. Blame was thrown on all sides. None of it helped. Vulnerable women continued to die.
A terrorist bombing campaign left London crawling with spies. Paranoia and isolation afflicted everyone, from the clandestine service to the people they were sworn to protect. But even efforts of the government's Special Branch couldn't prevent one of the most horrifying moments in the history of English crime.
House to House
Taunts in red ink sent a wave of fear through London. The Metropolitan police knew they had to respond. So the forces under Charles Warren mobilized like never before, and everything was on the line.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Not your average Ripper yarn
Have never written a review for a podcast before, despite listening to many, so it’s a testament to the quality of this series that I’m inspired to now. Season 3 has been an unexpected gem, delving intriguingly and sensitively into the wider social and cultural context in which the Whitechapel murders took place. The memory of the victims as remarkable women with so many unique strengths who had found themselves in difficult times before falling prey to history is honoured, and I can wholeheartedly recommend this as an antidote to the sensational narrative you might hear in the London Dungeon, or to your more ‘lighthearted’ true crime podcast in which the villain seems to be the hero. Really excellent work from everyone involved in making this, will definitely be going back to give the first and second series a go.
Interesting and original
The main thread of this may be about Jack the Ripper, but it is woven beautifully into the wider context of Victorian England and of the social, class and gender issues at play.
Damn good research.
Aaron yet again produces well researched content. Jack the Ripper the grand daddy of them all. You have to have a set of solids to tackle this one and Aaron’s are gold plated. I thought I knew most of the whole history of this crime. I was wrong. One of the best podcasts around. Thank you. C